My Newcomb family came from Monroe County Tennessee to Green Forrest,
Arkansas and then migrated to Dublin in Erath County. Hester Ann Newcomb
married Miles Jefferson Davis in 1898 in Dublin. They returned to Arkansas
about 1909. Pat Nance
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From: "Charles A Wyly" <wyly1(a)juno.com>
Sent: Friday, October 21, 2005 9:30 PM
Subject: Re: [ERATH] - Newcom - Newcomen Ram Air pump and Atmospheric
pressure engines-Thomas Newcomen, 1633-1729
and thanks to the correction in spelling of the name. The above is in
Columbia Viking Desk encyclopedia. Where in Erath County do I remember
the Newcom family- or was there a family by that exact name in Texas?
Maybe I am thinking of Newsom families of Duffau- Bl;ack Stump Valley
and Iredell and Venus, Texas areas.
If Erath County Andersen (Scandanavian or German spelling) families
from Illinois changed to Anderson - the English spelling, then Newcomen
could easily be changed to Newsom or Newcom Spellings based on Phonics
could have added t such cnanges , like my Wyly and English Wiley- Wylie-
Willey-Wylly-Willie-Wyly changed in England before William The Conqueror
and Shakespearian English standardization.. Father and Sons had changed
spelling from generation to generation in earliest England, Scotland, and
Ireland. One or two Andersons are buried in Selden (Hatchet) Cemetery on
Duffau Road and creek surronded by Wyly dairy.
Also check through a Google search engine for Newcomen and his other
inventions- 10 pages of at least 10 references per page to the
inventions. I was told that one of these pumps was working near Cleburne-
betweeen Cleburne and Alvarado , possibly near the Keene, Texas
Southwestern Adventist University in 20 th century. Some engines which
ran on solar heat and pump action converted to rotary flywhels to power
grist mills or whatever. They ran slow but smoothly with no exhaust.
Some in Johnson County also had a house and well on a hill which had
siphon pipes feeding downhill to 2 or 3 other homes. We used to have a
moveable Siphon pipe to draw water from a Cypress tank to cattle water
troughs. We started it with a deep breath through our mouth- many did in
Seems the main problem with the water- atmosphere pumps and rotary
1. Efficiency dropped on the engines when cloudy. This should not
affect the pumps without rotary conversion. It was and is certainly
pollution free and fuel free and would be wonderful for Missionaries and
Government projects to supply water to tribes worldwide without
electricity or fuel.
2 On the pump, trash in the intake pipe would affect the action of the
pressure- Valves, and if they did not close, no water. Some type low
resistance flow filter should cure this.
3. These pumps were stationary due to size and weight.
4. They would need protection from hard freezes.
5 Dealers would be reducing sales to sell a pump which did not wear out.
Charles A. Wyly
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